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associate member SPOTLIGHT

TSIT Celebrates
25 Years!
By Bruce Spracklen, Director of Asphalt Services, TSIT

VECTORIDEAS/SHUTTERSTOCK

Terry Smith
founded TSIT with
a vision to provide
construction
materials testing
and inspection
services to the
construction
industry.

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GEOTECHNICAL & CONSTRUCTION
MATERIALS TESTING
Bruce Spracklen | Director of Asphalt Services
T. Smith Inspection and Testing, LLC
972.573.6083
bspracklen@tsitservices.com

uality service coupled with a strong work
In 1993 Smith opened T. Smith Inspection
ethic and a commitment to customer
and Testing, LLC. (TSIT). His work ethic and
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satisfaction are but a few of the 902827_TSIT.indd
core
commitment
to quality immediately
began
to
values that have paved the way for Terry Smith
win inspection and construction materials testand TSIT to celebrate 25 successful years in
ing subcontracts. TSIT's success over the next
18 years was substantial enough for Smith to
business in 2018. Terry founded TSIT with a
vision to provide construction materials testing
hire a Chief Financial Officer. His son Terry
and inspection services to the construction
Smith Jr. (TJ) joined TSIT as CFO to ensure
industry. It has since become one of the most
its growth was sustainable and that the quality of its services was not being sacrificed to
respected inspection, construction materials
that growth. As the rapid growth continued,
and geotechnical engineering firms in Texas.
To those who know him, Smith's greatest
Smith was prompted to contact his good friend
strength is his work ethic. He developed it
Arthur Etherly, and offer him the role of Chief
very early in life while growing up in the
Operating Officer. Etherly, who had been worksmall farming community of Turrell, located
ing in operations management, had a proven
in Northeastern Arkansas. It was there that he
track record of helping companies navigate
decided he was going to work his way out of
growth such as TSIT was experiencing. Etherly
Turrell and make a difference for himself and
accepted the position and immediately streamhis family. In the late 1970s, he was accepted
lined TSIT's reporting system.
to the Petroleum Engineering Technology proSoon after TJ Smith and Arthur Etherly joined
gram at Louisiana Tech University. He financed
the company, TSIT opened a second office in
his college education working for The United
Irving. Three more key hires were made, moving
States Corps of Engineers where he met Arthur
the needle forward in a way no one had imagined. First, Kemp Akeman, P.E. was brought on
Etherly, another petroleum engineering stuas Principal Engineer, serving as TSIT's technident who shared his core values and desire to
cal leader in CMET and Geotechnical services.
make a difference. Smith and Etherly graduAkeman is a true steward of excellence in the
ated around the time of the oil crash in the
construction industry and is considered one of
early 1980s and so returned to the Corps of
the most respected engineers in North Texas.
Engineers to begin their careers in construction
After hiring Akeman, Smith reached across the
management, inspection and testing. Smith's
table to the contractor side of the industry to
asphalt baptism happened on his first field
bring in a third-generation asphalt man, Bruce
assignment-the inspection of asphalt laydown operations. The industry's dedication to
Spracklen as Director of Asphalt Services. Smith
quality and its partnering approach made it a
and Spracklen's relationship had begun in the
perfect fit for Smith-he was hooked! A short
mid-1990s when TSIT performed acceptance testtime later, he and Etherly found their way to
ing on asphalt projects in Dallas. As Director of
Dallas where they worked for Southwestern
Asphalt Services, one of Spracklen's first actions
Laboratories, the largest materials engineering
was to join TXAPA to add even more value for
and inspection firm in North Texas at that time.
TSIT's clients. Spracklen actively participates in


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018

President’s Message
Notes from the Road
Associate Member Forum
Working in the Texas Heat: A Refresher
Safety First: How TxDOT’s Traffic Control Review Team Is Helping to Improve Work Zone Safety
Liquid Asphalt Storage: Beat the Heat!
Respirable Crystalline Silica: Construction and General Industry Standards
Well-Maintained Pavements are Safer Pavements
To Russia with Love: Quality Goes Global
Fulbright Scholar Visits Austin Materials Plant
TSIT Celebrates 25 Years!
Texas Lime Company
News and Events
History
Calendar of Events
New Members
Products & Services Marketplace
Advertisers Index
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Intro
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - cover1
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - cover2
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 3
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 4
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 5
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 6
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - President’s Message
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 8
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Notes from the Road
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 10
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Associate Member Forum
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Working in the Texas Heat: A Refresher
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 13
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 14
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 15
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Safety First: How TxDOT’s Traffic Control Review Team Is Helping to Improve Work Zone Safety
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 17
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Liquid Asphalt Storage: Beat the Heat!
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 19
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Respirable Crystalline Silica: Construction and General Industry Standards
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 21
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 22
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 23
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Well-Maintained Pavements are Safer Pavements
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 25
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 26
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 27
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 28
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 29
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - To Russia with Love: Quality Goes Global
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 31
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 32
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 33
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Fulbright Scholar Visits Austin Materials Plant
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 35
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - TSIT Celebrates 25 Years!
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 37
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 38
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Texas Lime Company
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - News and Events
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 41
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - History
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 43
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - New Members
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - 45
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Texas Asphalt - Summer 2018 - Advertisers Index
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